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It doesn’t quite feel like summer until you’ve attended or thrown your first barbecue. It is an honor to be chosen to be the “Grill Master” of any social occasion, but you can put a lot of pressure on yourself not to disappoint everyone with your grilling skills or lack thereof. Becoming a grill master is like any other skill; you have to have the right tools, take the time to learn, take the time to do it correctly and finish it properly. Here are some tips to help you up your grilling game!


1) Preheating 

This is a critical step for having a successful grilling session.  Preheat your grill with the lid closed for 5 to 9 minutes. This will allow the grill to reach the optimal cooking temperature.

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2) Have The Right Tools

Every great chef is measured not only by the foods they make but also by the tools they use to make them. Always have a set of tongs or a spatula handy and be sure you are using a new set after touching raw meat. Bring home our finest collection of four grilling utensils.

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3) Add Flavor

Apply your rub or marinade in  advance for the yummiest meat. Rub or marinade should be applied to your food an hour before you’re ready to cook. Try out our recipe for Cherry Balsamic Sauce as a marinade! 

4) When To Take Meat Out

Take your meat out of the refrigerator about 20 minutes before you start grilling. Cooking room temperatures steaks allow for a more even cook.

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5) Only Flip Your Meat Once

Flipping your meat multiple times can cause it to lose its natural juices. Cook one side fully, then flip it over to the other side. Follow our recipe for the perfect burger and t-bone steak

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6) Let It Sit

Get the juiciest cuts of meat by letting your meat sit for about 10 minutes before you cut it.

steak

7) Perfect Your Veggies

Lightly toss veggies in olive oil before grilling to help prevent them from drying out. Try making classics like corn on the cob or asparagus

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8) Toast Your Buns

This touch is what will set your grilling apart from the other grillers out there. The taste and the texture of buns are best when lightly toasted. Split the bun open, place it cut side down on the grill, and grill until light golden brown, about 30 seconds.

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9) Keep It Clean

Always start off with a clean grilling surface. After you are done grilling clean the grate so you are all set the next time you grill. All you need is wet paper towels and a pair of tongs after grilling while the grill is still warm, simply wipe across the grilling surface with the paper towels and you will remove all of the remains. If you would rather get a deeper clean, you can remove your grate/griddle and place directly in the dishwasher.

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10) Have Fun!

The top two reasons Americans love to grill (besides to make food), is for personal enjoyment and for entertaining family and friends. Make sure grilling doesn’t feeling like a chore and enjoy yourself. Put on some Jimmy Buffett, crack open a cold one, wear a Hawaiian shirt, and have fun!

outdoor grill

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